Want A Shot of Sunshine?

A new drug can tan the skin indoors, but don't throw out the Coppertone

In the 70 years since Coco Chanel's bronzed mannequins helped make the perfect tan a symbol of leisure and affluence, a well-browned body seems to have joined the pantheon of inalienable human entitlements, right there alongside life, liberty and the pursuit of good TV reception. How else to explain the fuss made last week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association about the newest way to achieve that sun-kissed look: by injection.

In a seven-page report, with accompanying editorial, a team of scientists led by University of Arizona dermatologist Norman Levine told how, in a randomized, placebo-controlled experiment, visible...

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